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Emory Peak, Big Bend National Park

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Emory Peak, located in Big Bend National Park, is the highest peak in the Chisos Mountains. and the highest in Brewster County. The peak is named for William H. Emory, the chief surveyor of the U.S. Boundary Survey team of 1852. From the Chisos Basin the peak appears to be a minor ridge, while the summit of Casa Grande, one mile closer, seems to be much taller. From the west, Emory Peak is clearly visible as a point slightly higher than most of the mountain range.The peak can be reached by a moderate hike on a well-marked path across steep rocky terrain with an elevation gain of approximately 2500ft. The Emory Peak Trail is about long. Once at the base there is a semi-technical rock scramble to navigate before reaching the summit. No gear is needed for this climb although hikers should take great care. High-desert flora and fauna including alligator juniper, pinyon pine, mule deer, sotol, and Texas madrone may be seen along the trail. There are signs warning of mountain lions and bears.
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  • The hike up to Emory Peak is an incredibly strenuous one, even for experienced hikers. The views as you progress up the mountain are beautiful, and there are many rock formations to walk out on to cap...  more »
  • Did the hike with my Son and Son in Law. Followed Pinnacles Trail 3.5 miles to the cutoff. There is a compost toilet at the cutoff as well as bear proof boxes to store back packs. From the cutoff you ...  more »
  • We couldn't park at the Lost Mine Trail so we headed to Emory Peak. This is pretty much an all day hike for as we are in our 60's and uphill all the way. (Both ways?). We had 2l. hydration packs and r...  more »